Some items of interest…..

First a blog I looked at whilst having my coffee time this morning | Thought Catalog

And three books I noticed whilst lurking around Barnes & Noble yesterday…..

Quiet BASIC

BASIC on the Web…

Back in the day (80’s & 90’s) every computer came with the BASIC programming language. Nothing like what we have today but I had fun with it. I just found this on the web so anyone with a nostalgia for BASIC can play with it again.  So if you can’t waste enough time surfing the web or checking Facebook, here is something else…

Computer Science links on Wikipedia

Who Needs a Computer Science Degree When There’s Wikipedia?

An extensive compilation of Computer Science links on Wikipedia….

As I realized I was randomizing myself and getting way off the original track, I decided to start assembling the links in one location for my own reference if not some other geek without the funds for their own degree….

Luxvera

Luxvera | coming soon (January 2014)

The LUXVERA™ proprietary platform offers you a broad range of exceptional courses—from humanities and philosophy to ministry and technology—of the highest quality and interactivity, including content provided by Regent University’s award-winning faculty and other partners. The introductory courses allow you and other participants to pursue personal and professional development, with certificate and for-credit options coming soon.

Resources for Spiritual Journeys….

Resources for Spiritual Journeys….

This multifaith and interspiritual website, founded byFrederic and Mary Ann Brussat, is devoted to resources for spiritual journeys. The site’s name reflects a basic understanding: spirituality and practice are the two places where all the world’s religions and spiritual paths come together.

Slim Secrets….

Secrets of the Naturally Slim….

Here are some sensible and practical ideas to help keep the pounds down. Being aware of what you eat, being active, and sleep are just some of the ideas presented. The article was written for women but it seems to me it would work just as well for men….

Turns out, research shows that skinny people simply don’t think about food the same way as–well, the rest of us. “Thin people have a relaxed relationship with food,” explains David L. Katz, MD, an associate professor adjunct in public health at Yale University. “Those who are overweight, however, tend to be preoccupied by it. They focus on how much or how often they eat, or attach labels like good and bad to certain foods. As a result, mealtime is always on the brain.”

My Jihad

My Jihad

MyJihad is a public education campaign that seeks to share the proper meaning of Jihad as believed and practiced by the majority of Muslims. Jihad is a central tenet of the Islamic creed which means “struggling in the way of God“. The way of God, being goodness, justice, passion, compassion, etc (not forcible conversion as wrongly claimed by some).

The Culture That Gave Birth to the Personal Computer

The Culture That Gave Birth to the Personal Computer

The idea of a personal computer, one that ordinary individuals could own and operate and keep in their homes, was envisioned in 1945 by Vannevar Bush. After building his Differential Analyzer at MIT and helping to create the military-industrial-academic triangle, he wrote an essay for the July 1945 issue of the Atlantic titled “As We May Think.” In it he conjured up the possibility of a personal machine, which he dubbed a memex, that would not only do mathematical tasks but also store and retrieve a person’s words, pictures and other information.

Taking Up Serpents

Taking Up Serpents

I’m visiting my daughter and parents for Christmas. I’m at my daughter’s house now and just finished watching a youTube video about snake handling churches. (I know it’s an odd thing to do on Christmas Eve, but anyway)  It’s pretty amazing to see. I know people can do a lot of things through faith or intense mental concentration but it is still pretty astonishing. What really gets my attention though is the snakes. Why do these snakes not bite these people ? Sure it happens but usually it doesn’t. Makes me wonder, what’s up with these snakes ?

Article on Wikipedia about Snake Handling

The Incarnation

The Incarnation

For Christians, the incarnation of some aspect of God’s divinity in the person of Jesus of Nazareth has always been of utmost importance. The implications of this incarnation affect nearly every other aspect of Christian doctrine, not least the meaning of Jesus’ death on the cross

He became one of us so that we could be like Him….